Bidvest Wits' Gavin Hunt believes ex-Orlando Pirates ace Thandani Ntshumayelo can pick up the pieces


Midfielder Ntshumayelo recently had a four-year suspension for using cocaine halved by the South African Institute for Drug-free Sports on appeal.

The 28-year-old has effectively been cleared to resume his career having been banned two years ago when in the colours of Orlando Pirates.

Hunt, who handed Ntshumayelo his PSL debut for SuperSport United in 2009/10, is committed to helping 'Bibo' pick up the pieces.

"Bibo will train on Monday. We phoned him and obviously I have been in contact with him for the last two years, trying to keep him going mentally," Hunt said.

"He'll come and train with us and we'll try and get him fit, try and get his career back on track, and try and help him. Why not? I started his career as a pro. I gave him his debut at SuperSport and I'll help the boy.

"He knows what happened in his life is a big mistake. Everybody makes mistakes. I'm prepared to help the boy, get him fit and train. We'll do extra work as well."

He continued: "I've been in contact with him for the last two years; on and off we speak regularly.

"In times of darkness a lot of people run away. He made a mistake, he knows that and I was obviously disappointed as much as him when I heard about what happened because I didn't know.

"You know let's help the boy. He's 27 (Ed: 28) and has got the rest of his life to live and let's see what happens.

"I thought let's get him fit, get him a contract somewhere, anywhere. Let's see what we can do."

Hunt has helped players in the past get back on their feet like Jabulani Mendu at Moroka Swallows.